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May 4, 2013

CANAL DISCOVERIES: Hydraulic power attracted business

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Heavier industry also followed: The Holly Company of Birdsall Holly (steam heat and fire equipment), International Pump, the Richmond Mfg. Co. (flour milling machinery), Lockport Pulp Co. (paper mill), Niagara Paper, Westerman & Co. (iron goods), United Indurated Fiber (containers), Cowles Aluminum & Electric Smelting, William Cocker Saw Co., Trevor & Penfield Tackle Blocks, Tarbox & Co., Boston & Lockport Block, Western Block (block and tackle), Neil Bros. & Brooks (straw wrapping paper), Lockport Paper Co., Traders Paper Co., United Box Board, American District Steam, Niagara Preserving Co. (cannery), Erie Preserving Co., Niagara Stave Co., Lockport Glass Works, A.J. Mansfield Glass, Oliver Bed Factory, Lockport Cotton Batting, Niagara Cotton Batting, New York Cotton Batting, Gardner Foundry, Hall Iron Works, Drew Foundry, Bramley Bros. Foundry, McKim Furniture, Dumville Shirt Co, Sillesky Shirt Co., Tothill Shirt Co., Field Force Pump Co. (fruit tree sprayers), Empire Mfg.(cotton hose and surgical supplies), Merritt Mfg. (wood working equipment), E.H. Feree (aluminum goods), Niagara Textile (cloth goods), Evans & Liddle Brooms, Bronson Carriages, Lockport Basket Works, Norman & Evans (derricks, dredges and merry-go-rounds), Turner & Graham Wooden Boxes, Morgan Bros. Boats, A.S. Finn Boats, H.F. Cady Boats, and Merchants Gargling Oil.

This list just presents the tip of the iceberg for manufacturing and industry around the canal at Lockport. These industries all owed their existence to the Erie Canal. The list of merchants that sold retail products, such as grocers and dry goods, etc., would far surpass this list, several times over. Also not included in this list are services and professionals, doctors, lawyers, and countless others. Not only here in Lockport; this same scenario played out in every new city and town springing up along the entire length of the Erie Canal.

 

 

 

Doug Farley is the director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center. His column appears every Saturday. The Erie Canal Discovery Center is a great place to start your Erie Canal adventure and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Join us today for a free, public event at 11 a.m. for the Key to the Lock Awards and Erie Canal Song Contest winner's performance.

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